The “Look Fors” in Highly Able Children


Gifted Observation Checklist

1-Not Observed, 2-Occasionally Observed, 3-Frequently Observed, 4-Consistently Observed
Processes new information quickly
Displays a broad range of knowledge
Understands concepts beyond their age level
Demonstrates strong reasoning skills
Perseveres when faced with challenging tasks
Works independently and with focus
Completes tasks in a thorough and thoughtful way
Asks probing questions (inquisitive)
Shares comments which demonstrate insight
Generates imaginative/unique ideas/solutions
Adapts, improves, extends, modifies ideas

Math WebQuests

Math Webquests enable online explorations in mathematics. Each webquest is a unique exploration designed to be fun and engaging. Webquests make connections between mathematics and the real-world. Students who embark on webquests become engaged in both finding information and learning from it. Give it a try!


Exponents and Scientific Notation

Scientists use math to express relationships and to measure the size and distance of objects. For example, scientific notation is used to express a planet’s distance from the sun, or the size of bacteria. Explore these connections!

Integers and Science

Explore the connections between integers and science. The boiling and freezing point of liquids, the melting and freezing points of solids, and the temperature of planets, are all expressed as integers. Learn more.

Mathematics and Climate

Scientists use mathematics to better understand oceans, the atmosphere, and polar ice caps. Explore climate change, and how it is monitored.

Mathematics and Sports

Math plays an important role in sports! We have four webquests on Win-Loss Percentage, graphing data for Olympics and Super Bowls, Batting Average and ERA, and the NBA Draft Lottery. Explore this exciting group of webquests.

Mathematics and the Summer Olympics

The 2012 Summer Olympic Games are being held in London from July 27 to August 12. Discover the exciting connections between math and the Summer Olympic Games with this quest!

Number Theory

Are you ready to help your garden grow using multiples? Count with Fibonacci? Bake with Eratosthenes? We invite you toexplore these fun topics!

Percent in Daily Life

Students often question the need to learn mathematical topics. Whether you are shop, work, or play sports, you are using percent. Learn more!

Pi Day Celebration

Pi Day is celebrated around the world on March 14. Explore the history and meaning of Pi, and choose activities to Celebrate Pi Day!


LEAP Camp 2017 Looking for Teachers & Volunteers- WLU Camp for Gifted & Highly

Our campers are gifted/highly able children and youth in grades 1-9 who are looking for a day camp experience that piques their curiosity and has a large “fun” quotient.


leap_frogDear Teacher:

The Faculty of Education is once again offering a series of Saturday morning enrichment camps, Sensational Saturdays, for local gifted/highly able children and youth in grades 1-9. The focus of the LEAP (Laurier Enriched Academic Program) camps is on enrichment, where basic skills are supported through imaginative activities. All camps are proposed and led by certified teachers who are assisted by volunteers. Camps will be held in the Bricker Academic Building on the Waterloo Laurier campus.

The camps will run from 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon on January 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25 and March 4, 2017. Each camp includes a 15 minute break about halfway through the morning. There will be 10-20 participants in each camp and camps will run based on a minimum enrollment. If you would like to design and run a camp with a theme that is of interest to you, this is a great opportunity. All six sessions must relate to a single theme. We are looking for highly interactive teaching methods, integration of the arts and creative and critical thinking skills, and all of the multiple intelligences. Please see the attached info sheet for more details.

If you are interested in proposing a camp, please fill out the attached curriculum template completely and return it, along with a current resume, to LEAP via fax (519) 884-8697 or email to by October 14, 2016. We will determine which camps will be offered by late October/early November and thereafter send out promotional materials to schools and parents. Registration closes in early January 2017 and decisions regarding the final camp offerings will be made at that time. Please feel free to share this invitation with interested colleagues.

If there are any questions, please contact LEAP at

Colleen Willard-Holt

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Canadian Opera Company Field Trips

Canadian Opera Company

“This thrill and appreciation of opera (and of all art forms) is a critical part of an education curriculum which ensures an understanding and appreciation that in art and music, one can find inspiration, joy, escapism, awe and humanistic insight – which to me, are all very necessary elements of character development.” Teacher, Dundas Public School


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Fall Launch Camp 2016: Social Innovation: The Desire to “Do Good”

2016 Fall LAUNCH Camp

Social Innovation: The Desire to “Do Good”


Saturdays October 15 – November 19 | 9am – 12noon | $150

  • How can we solve problems while still taking care of people and the planet?
  • Do businesses have to be profit-focused?

What is social innovation, anyway?

  • This Fall, LAUNCH campers will explore how social innovation (an idea that works for the public
    good) is changing the way in which we solve problems in the 21st century.
  • Campers will develop public speaking, entrepreneurial, collaboration, reflection, creative and critical thinking skills.
  • Hands-on activities, games, case-studies, competitions and discussions will allow participants to
    better understand the role of social innovation in transforming the way in which we satisfy wants
    and needs in 2016.
  • The aim of this LAUNCH camp is to instill value and appreciation for the role of
    social innovation as a driving force in human history.


LAUNCH is an accelerated, problem-based camp. The camp is limited to the first 15 qualified
campers who apply. Our campers:

  • Are working more than three grade levels above his/her grade (documentation
  • Are self-directed learners
  • Have deep knowledge in several different topics
  • Are able to consider a problem situation from many diverse perspectives

Apply at by October 7, 2016
Financial assistance may be available.